Contradicting what he said previously, President Trump claimed on Tuesday he had “a shot” to assassinate Syrian strongman Bashar Assad but didn’t because former Defense Secretary James Mattis opposed the plan.
Trump addressed the situation during a phone call to Fox & Friends, during which he was asked about journalist Bob Woodward’s new reporting that he had wanted to kill the Iran-aligned dictator in 2017 after the Syrian regime carried out a chemical weapons attack.
“I would’ve rather taken him out. I had him all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general, and I let him go,” Trump said.